The German Christmas Market was officially opened on Friday, December 10th. During the opening ceremony, Mr. Axel Limberg, Chief Representative and Executive Director of the German Trade Office Taipei, stated: “Christmas Markets belong to one of the oldest German Christmas traditions and our goal was to create a market that is as authentic as possible to introduce this magnificent event to the Taiwanese.” Christmas markets originated in the German-speaking part of Europe during the late Middle Ages, now having a history of nearly 600 years.
In his speech, Mr. Limberg continued: “We wanted to keep our traditions alive and promote the cultural exchange between Germany and Taiwan despite living in difficult times where traveling is hardly possible. Christmas is usually also a time where people stick together to overcome difficulties. Therefore, it is great to see that such an event can still be held in Taiwan and that our strong partners—especially the Taipei City government—, our sponsors, and exhibitors made it possible for us to bring this Christmas Market to Taiwan.”
Guests of honor at the opening ceremony were Ambassador Tom Chou, Commissioner for External Affairs, Taipei City Government, and Dr. Jörg Polster, Director General of the German Institute Taipei. The German Christmas Market is organized by the service unit of the German Trade Office Taipei DEinternational Taiwan Ltd. It is brought to you by: Mercedes-Benz Taiwan and Capital Motors, Inc. and supported by Franz Collection, Beurer, China Airlines, Gutenberg Academy, and the Sino-German Cultural and Economic Association.
The German Christmas Market features the following vendors:
Aiolos International Ltd., Back-Haus, Biocellec Ltd., Biowell Health & Well-being Inc., China Airlines Ltd., DHI Waren Co., Ltd., Engycon Company Ltd., Fresenius Kabi Taiwan Ltd., Gandi Asia Co. Ltd., German Kitchen(Deutsche Küche), Great Stuff Co., Ltd., Gutenberg Academy, Häfele Taiwan Limited, Hai Ding International Trading Co., Ltd., He Yi Zhi Corporation, Höchster Porzellan-Manufaktur, Home Tech Hydrogel Tourism Factory, Hong Kong Brandwerk Limited Taiwan Branch, Jack’s Fine Goods and Services International Co., Ltd., Jolly Navy's International Co., Ltd., J-You Brewery, K&R International Marketing Co., Ltd., K.E. & Kingstone Co., Ltd., Kärcher Limited Taiwan, Kerry Coffee Company Limited, Labez International Co., Ltd., Lafa International Co., Ltd., Line Up Dessert, Melchers Trading GmbH, Mercedes-Benz Taiwan Ltd., Mexican OG Dining Car, Millenia Commercial Co., Ltd., MiniPalette, MJ Model Railroad Co., Oma's German Delicacies, Rheinsinn Enterprise Ltd., Robert Bosch Taiwan Co., Ltd., Swan Panasia Co., Ltd., Taipan Trade Exchange Co., Ltd., Taipei European School, German Section, Union Clock Enterprise Co., Ltd., YAK Industrial Corporation, and Yo Huang Co., Ltd.